We are delighted and extremely honoured to announce our two new Patrons at Performers College. The fabulous Arlene Phillips CBE and creative genius Chris Bailey.
Arlene Phillips Choreographer, Director, Judge, Presenter, Mum
Arlene Phillips is a showbiz legend, her dance group Hot Gossip revolutionised dance in the UK and in 2013 she was honoured by the Queen with a CBE: for her work with stars from film and TV, to theatre and arenas, choreographing hit West End and Broadway musicals The Wizard of Oz, Starlight Express, Flashdance, The Sound of Music, Grease, We Will Rock You and Saturday Night Fever; directing the concert The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman; choreographing for Hollywood directors on films from Annie to Monty Python’s Meaning of Life.
Arlene has also choreographed for over one hundred TV commercials in England and America including 7-Up, American Express, Burger King, Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, Levi Jeans, Vidal Sassoon and Yellow Pages.
During the 80’s she created some of the most iconic videos for stars such as Whitney Houston, Elton John, Queen, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Freddie Mercury, The Bee Gees, Duran Duran, Aretha Franklin, Joan Jett, Kiss, Donna Summer and later Robbie Williams.
And as a TV judge on So You Think You Can Dance, Strictly Come Dancing in the UK and Over The Rainbow in Canada, Arlene has become a well-loved household name.
This is in no way an exhaustive list of Arlene’s accolades and professional credits, her incredible career spans over 45 years and more information can be found at http://www.arlenephillips.com/PROFILE.html
Choreographer Arlene Phillips rehearsing with Aileen Quinn for Annie (1982)
Showreel: A Flash Through Time:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5DktfgQPWE
“I have been extremely impressed by the work Performers College is doing to turn their students into serious triple threats. Not only do their students have the ability to cross all genres of dance but have a great work ethic and self-discipline.” Arlene Phillips
Chris Bailey – Choreographer and Director
Chris started dancing at the age of 7 in his hometown of Leicester in the UK and headed off to London at 17 to attend Performers College, one of the most respected musical theatre colleges in the UK. His early professional work was mainly in television but he also worked in the Music and Fashion industries. Chris’ first real theatre experience was when he joined the UK cast of Tap Dogs and toured Europe and Asia for 2 years. On his return to London he became part of the Original West End cast of Contact. Chris then went on to become an original cast member and dance captain of the West End production of Thoroughly Modern Millie which is where he met Rob Ashford who Chris has been working alongside for 12 years.
Chris Bailey has choreographed The Muny’s productions of Tarzan (2014), West Side Story (2013) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (2012). Chris also choreographed the historic opening number of the 2013 Tony® Awards, and served as assistant choreographer for the 2013 and 2014 Academy Awards. Chris was the associate choreographer for the Broadway revival of Evita; the Broadway productions of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Promises, Promises and Cry-Baby.
In London’s West End, Chris was the associate choreographer for Guys and Dolls, Evita, Once in a Lifetime and Candide. Tour credits as choreographer include Evita, The Wedding Singer (US), Guys and Dolls (UK, Australia) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK). On film, credits include Ted 2, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, and A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Chris has had the pleasure of working with some incredible artistes such as Sir Kenneth Branagh, Charlize Theron, Seth MacFarlane, Channing Tatum, Dan Radcliffe, Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne, Michael Grandage, Kevin Spacey, Aretha Franklin and many more.
Choreographer Chris Bailey rehearsing with Kenneth Branagh for The Entertainer. Photo: Johan Persson
“From an early age I always wanted to be a ‘Brian Rogers dancer'; because of this dream I only ever wanted to go to one college and that was Performers. It was everything I expected and more. The training taught me not only the technical skills to succeed in a career as a dancer and choreographer, but also the values of work ethic, discipline and respect, something that I have carried with me throughout my career. Performers College always felt like a family and was a joyous place to train and learn. I recommend Performers College whole heartedly!” Chris Bailey
Performers College welcomes both Arlene and Chris in support of continuing our mission to promote excellence in dance and musical theatre training.